Special Education/Iesp


I homeschooled my son last year because the school was bad. He had evaluations last year. If I want services from the school do I need to redo the evaluations annually or is every three years sufficient? I don't know the law. They said I have to do the evals. Also is there any law that says I cannot be present?

It depends on who did the evaluations last year. If the school district did them, then it's their call about doing any or all of them again. If they were done independently, then they will most likely want to do their own. I recommend to my clients that they agree to have the school conduct assessments. If they don't agree, I have seen school districts file for Due Process against the parents and they can try to exit the child from all special education services.

The law requires that special education students be reevaluated at least every 3 years. But depending on the age of the child and what assessments were done by whom, these can take place more often.

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Tim Runner


Questions concerning special education: IEP, assessments, Due Process, mediation, resolution conference, federal law, state law, qualifying for services, residential treatment, special day classes, resource specialists, procedures, having your child assessed, adaptive PE, speech & language, non-public school, FAPE, and tuition reimbursement.


I have been an education advocate representing students and parents for six years. My experience includes: representing my clients in IEPs, SSTs, Due Process, review assessment results for my clients, and mediations. I have represented clients with learning disabilities, autism, Downs Syndrome, cognitively challenged, emotional problems, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, and physical disabilities. I have also represented clients to County Mental Health Departments and Regional Centers. My clients range from pre-school to college students in many states.

I have a degree in Mathematics from the University of California with minors in Psychology and Physics. I also studied applied statistics in psychology at the graduate level. I have taught college classes, conducted seminars, written articles for various publications, and testified as an expert witness.

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